US drama Manifest sees the passengers of Montego Air flight 828 land safely after a turbulent but seemingly routine flight, only to discover that the world has aged five years while they have been in the air.
While their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on, the passengers are now given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds.
In this DQTV interview, creator and showrunner Jeff Rake discusses how he first conceived the idea for this mystery event series more than a decade ago.
He reveals what drives the show forward: the mystery at the heart of the story, a relationship drama and a procedural element each week.
Rake also talks about developing and casting the ensemble drama, his partnership with Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis and the scramble to assemble the best talent during pilot season.
Manifest is produced by Warner Bros Television and Compari Entertainment for NBC and is distributed by Warner Bros International Television Distribution.